Chocolate Brownie Suicide

These brownies are only good for the soul. Not the diet.

Vegaquarium- Chocolate Brownie Suicide

But they are too good to resist. Eat them warm with ice cream, straight out the oven, or cool the next day. They stay gooey and taste just as delicious!

Yes I know 6 eggs is more than Mike Tyson uses in his protein shakes, and 500g of sugar is pretty much a whole bag, but January is dark, gloomy and in need of something to look forward too. Even if it comes with a slight chocolate coma.

This is one of Nigella Lawson’s recipes, which I made with balloons down my bra so I could look just like her.

375 g soft unsalted butter
375 g best quality dark chocolate
6 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
500 g caster sugar
225 g plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
200g white choc chips

  • Firstly preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line your approximatley 33 x 23 x 5 1/2cm brownie pan with foil or baking paper
  • Melt the butter and chocolate together in a saucepan and beat the eggs with the sugar and vanilla in a seperate bowl
  • Measure the flour into another bowl and add the salt.
  • When the chocolate mixture has melted, let it cool a bit before beating in the eggs and sugar mixture into the caucepan, and then the chocolate chips and flour.
  • Beat to combine it all then scrape it out of the saucepan into the brownie pan
  • Bake for about 25 minutes, the top of the brownie should look dull and speckled but the inside will still be very moist and gooey. Remember that they will continue to cook as they cool so don’t leave them in much longer!

Instead of chocolate chips you could also used chopped walnuts like Nigella does, and talk in innuendoes all the way through if you really want.

Vegaquarium- Chocolate Brownie Suicide

 

Vegaquarium- Chocolate Brownie Suicide

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Chocolate Caramel Flapjacks

Serve your sweet tooth, it is nearly Christmas! These are a bit like millionaire shortbreads, but better. Plus they have oats in, oats are in porridge, and porridge is healthy, therefore these are healthy… There must be some logic in that.

Ok so they might not be that healthy, but they are perfect for breakfast, tea breaks, snacks and pudding. They are fairly easy to make and require minimal washing up (otherwise I would have been adverse to making them.)

The chocolate goes a bit white when it sets by the way, totally normal and is not mould! Also these take a good 5 hrs to set, so it is best to make them and leave them over night, sorry impatient people of which I am one of.

Chocolate Caramel Flapjacks- The Vegaquarium

You will need:

  • 350g of big oats
  • 200g butter
  • 200g sugar
  • 2 tbs of golden syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • 50g chopped nuts or fruit (optional)

Topping

  • 397g can of caramel (can use a tin of carnation caramel)
  • 300g chocolate

1) Set the Oven to 200 degrees. Then melt the butter, syrup, salt and sugar in a pan over the hob. Stir it all until it is a smooth liquid.

2) Take off the heat and stir in the oats and nuts/fruit if you are adding any. Make sure the oats are all mixed in! Then pour into a greaseproof paper lined pan.

3) Bake in the oven for 30 mins on the middle shelf. Ensure you check every 15 mins that they haven’t burned! You want an even golden brown on top, and remember that they won’t set completely until they are out the oven, so it’s ok if it is still bubbling.

Chocolate Caramel Flapjacks- The Vegaquarium

4) Leave to cool. Then pour on and spread the caramel before popping it in the fridge for 10 mins.

5) Melt the chocolate and pour it on top of the caramel, spread it evenly and then leave it all to set. If you want you could try orange chocolate, or even mint if it takes your fancy, just make sure it melts well.

Enjoy with tea and friends!

Chocolate Caramel Flapjacks- The Vegaquarium

Chocolate Caramel Flapjacks- The Vegaquarium

Chocolate Caramel Flapjacks- The Vegaquarium